Additional Essays on Wesleyan Thinking

Christian Authority (1998)

Exposition letter concerning the authority of the Christian. Composed 1998. The Golden Rule serves as a universal arbiter of the Christian conscience and is modified only by the Friends Commandment of John 15 and as expressed by Paul in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10.

Aldersgate (cir 2000).

What is happening with Wesley at Aldersgate.

Baptist Thinking (1993).

An attempt to express what I think are the essential elements of Southern Baptist thinking.

Concerning Barabbas and Jesus (6/17/01)

Jesus gives his life for a criminal.

Dynamic of the Wesleyan Experience (12/13/95)

This essay is an preliminary attempt to formulate with some precision and in a rather concise way the essential elements of the Wesleyan doctrine of Christian experience (with a few jibes at the thinking of the [intellectual] followers of John Calvin). It includes (what I tentatively call) the Logic of Salvation, namely: the Compulsion of Faith, the Experience of Love and the Realization of Hope.

Fowls - Reflections at Fort Mountain (10/4/98)

These thoughts were prompted by the sighting of very busy and very unperturbed birds, and in light of Matthew's Gospel, verses 6:25-34.

Jesus' Middle Way (pre 1/31/2000).

A life between sin and law.

Slave And Free

This short essay was prompted by two works of Chris Hedges, i.e., "American Fascism" and "I Don't Believe In Atheists". Here we identify most religious and all atheist movements as essentially willing to undertake and promote immoral actions, and as exemplifying this by rejecting the principle of the equal rights for all people. In contrast the one hope for a decent world lies in a religious movement which is dedicated to morally right actions above self interest, and accordingly supports equal rights for all people.

Summary of Romans (6/4/1999)

This is excerpted from an e-mail to a fellow Christian and represents my best yet (as of 5/99) grasp of the thinking of Paul the Marvelous, Apostle to the Gentiles.

Twelve Points of Wesleyan Thinking (4/23/1998)

Here I seek to prepare almost a catachism of Wesleyan beliefs. It comes out nicely in 12 parts, although this is subject to modification as I try to reformulate the thinking here and make it more concise and expressive.

Wesleyan Experiences

Wesleyan Fantasy (cir 2000)

Includes Elements of Faith.

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Here we have a short dissertation on the Wesleyan quadrilateral, the four sources of Wesleyan truth, namely: reason, scripture, tradition and experience. The framework is a view of the Christian faith which has the history of the Jewish people (including scripture and Jewish tradition) leading to the psychological and spiritual readiness of Mary and Joseph and, through them, to the awakening of Jesus, from birth, as the Son of God. This Jesus then enables the Holy Spirit to walk with him on earth, and then to enter into the hearts of the apostles whose excited (and occasionally garbled) tales excite others to join the throng. In this way the scriptures and the tradition and the experience are unified, and to which then reason is added as the foundation for the truth of the conscience as the voice of God and arbiter of experience.

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